I am a classical based composer, but influenced by many other genres, jazz, Indian, Moroccan and rock music particularly. I like combining music with meditation, or with computer-generation, or sometimes both.
In my musical creation I am reinforcing directness, expressing something simple yet affecting, using the mind as an instrument rather than as an obsession which often is the case with new music. For me the most effective musical creation comes from a deeply stilling intention. My music is almost all tonal and melody-like (if not with a melody) – it is not a rough course for the newcomer, its an ocean of exploration, the communication of internal realities through airwaves, using written scores, improvised and semi-improvised, computer-generated, and includes orchestral and chamber music..
The states of mind accessed through music inspire me greatly, music having been one means whereby I have and do recover from depletion, and access deeply joyful moods.
I am a versatile and innovative composer who has a multiple focus as a composer, improviser and audio-visual creator. I have collaborated with healers, therapists and counsellors as well as writing for dance, film, orchestra, and choir and am as much at home writing a score as creating electronic or computer music. In summer 2014 I completed my 3rd Symphony. I collaborated with Pete Townshend and software engineer Dave Snowdon on the Method Music project, designing music software for a web server which generated over 10500 musical pieces – ‘portraits’ – over the internet. Pete Townshend also helped me record a double album “Method Music” now available through Amazon on Navona Records or through Amazon or iTunes as a download.
My work is largely tonal (in the sense of an identifiable set of notes that are emphasised – rarely changing the key, central note). It is contemporary, in that it has much in it which is formed anew – not directly influenced or inspired from the classical music tradition. It is often associated with meditational or New Age aspects, because of the strong emphasis on its relationship with silence and presence, it makes more use of the space between notes than occurs generally in classical music. It is in the minimalist genre, in the sense that it borrows the idea of looping and repetition (since over 40 years) from the musical innovations of Terry Riley and LaMonte Young, and seeks deeper experiences through working with constancy, with sustained sounds and small or zero contrasts.
Since 2001 I have worked with sarod player Lisa Sangita Moskow and vocalist Manickam Yogeswaran on improvised music based on North and South Indian raga scales. I have created 5 multi-media audio-visual installations with the artist Genie Poretsky-Lee: including Anonymous Words (2007) and Image Of Sound (2008). I have developed techniques to deeply integrate audio and visual images with quantum physicist Michael Tusch, collaborating on this since 1993 with Dave Snowdon who created the software “Visual Harmony” to explore this arena; worked with healer/counsellor Isobel McGilvray in shaping harmonic tonescapes to aid relaxation, and have worked with choreographers/dancers (ex-Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet) Sheila Styles and (ex-Ballet Rambert) Rebecca Ham on several dance projects. I have written for the pianists Yonty Solomon, Mark Swartzentruber, Tim Ravenscroft (2 suites), and Alessandra Celletti (Fractal Studies and Mist Sculptures), for The Smith (string) Quartet, the Electric Symphony Orchestra, , the female vocal quartet led by Rosemary Forbes-Butler, Rosy Voices, and I wrote 6 pieces for the violist Robin Ireland (of the Lindsay Quartet) and many more for violist Neil Davis.
I composed music for the film “The Eye Of The Heart”, a portrait of the life and work of the artist Cecil Collins, and I feature in the book on Collins and his circle by Nomi Rowe. I have recorded around 4000 piano improvisations as well as performing many live. My work in acoustic and electronic media, in composed and improvised methods is one of the broadest of any composer. I have performed in Canada, the US, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Switzerland, France and Germany as well as in the UK. I have accompanied the international painting group Collective Phenomena who work ‘more than one to a canvas’ with marathon keyboard improvisations, at John Calder’s La Fonderie in Paris and The Blackie in Liverpool, as well as a Planet Tree Festival London appearance. I am a pioneer in music, having addressed meditative and healing presence and state-of-mind, primarily, for over 40 years. In 1996 I founded the Planet Tree Music Festival, which I also direct, having run 8 festivals so far. I am also a highly sought after private tutor in mathematics. I live in London.